Rīga 2014

The Annual Conference 2014 took place in Rīga, Latvia, from 9 to 11 October 2014, under the theme MOVEment: Leading Sustainable Change. In this section you can find videos, images, conference’s programme, biographies of speakers and guests, and other interesting information about the conference.

Europe is a continent of diverse and at times even conflicting realities for LGBTI community. While in some countries the long-lasting struggle of human rights activists has succeeded in widely expanding the range of legal recognition and social acceptance of LGBTI people, we are witnessing a decrease of political will in pushing forward anti-discrimination policies or even violent breaches of fundamental freedoms and rights on LGBTI people in others. Furthermore, the current wave of crisis rapidly moving through economical, political, and social landscape of Europe is threatening already gained victories of LGBTI movement. We –the leaders, members, and supporters of European LGBTI movement - are standing at the crossroads of change.

Taking all of this into consideration, the ILGA-Europe board believes that now is the right moment for us to look reflectively to the past and current developments, and of leadership strategies in the field of LGBTI activism, to learn from our successes and failures, and most importantly to think together how can we create a sustainable movement working for change that will lead us towards European society with equality for all. Let’s gather to MOVE forward together!

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Following speakers addressed the conference

Queer-ED talk: Jordi Vaquer

Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the regional director for Europe at the Open Society Foundations.

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Conference host: Miguel Vale de Almeida

Anthropologist, Professor at the University Institute of Lisbon, and LGBTI activist

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Eliza Byard

Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network from USA

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Helena Dalli

Maltese Civil Liberties Minister

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Charles Radcliffe

Chief of Global Issues Section at the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, and senior UN human rights adviser on sexual orientation and gender identity

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Marja Ruotanen

Director of Human Dignity and Equality within the Directorate General of Democracy, Council of Europe

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Graeme Reid

Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch

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Matthew "Matty" Hart

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Annual Conference in pictures

Find here images from the Annual Conference 2014 in Riga.

Minutes, reports and presentations

Find here the Conference report prepared by the Conference Host, Miguel Vale de Almeida, the official minutes from the General Assembly and presentations from workshops.

Videos at the Annual Conference 2014

Watch here: year in review-video, the opening session, the Queer-Ed Talk with Jordi Vaquer, greetings from Conchita and European Commission; and both panel discussions. Coming up is the live interview with Alecos Modinos.

What happened at the Annual Conference 2014

Find here tweets, Facebook posts, videos and images from this year's ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2014.

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Theme: MOVEment: Leading Sustainable Change

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Speakers at the Annual Conference 2014

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Pre-conference Mailings

Find here the mailings sent to members prior the Annual Conference 2014.

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